Exactly one year before voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020 — and three months before Iowans gather for their caucuses — we at VII Photo are launching the first chapter of our year-long collective election coverage, “America, Again.”
This project emerged amongst a few of the VII photographers with the intention of focussing attention on the issues that will dominate the US election. The VII Foundation and VII Academy have stepped in to support the project in recognition of the importance of critical and independent storytelling in civic discourse. We will produce stories on material issues that people worldwide are wrangling with, not only Americans. Issues that are used to divide us, and that allow populist politicians to undermine the values that are foundational to our societies.
Click here to view Chapter 1: IOWA.
Photos by Ed Kashi and VII Mentor Program photographer Nolan Ryan Trowe are included in the “SOME PEOPLE” (Every)Body exhibition on view at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago through November 15, 2019.
This multidisciplinary project examines the ethics, people, processes, and systems that constitute the maintenance of, and barriers to, health for human beings.
Preview the exhibition on Instagram: @SomePeopleEveryBody.
The Enigma Room challenges perception–the fact of the photograph versus the mystery of digital alchemy. In this work, Ed Kashi allows coding to transform his extensive archive, spanning the globe over the course of four decades. Kashi has often been at the forefront of experimentation with visual language, and for this installation he embraces coding as the new mode of creation and consumption of photography.
In The Enigma Room, Kashi weighs truth against reality, searching for where the two intersect, and where they diverge. Through digital translation, this work weaves photographs, video, and audio, transporting the viewer to discover new planes of subjective realities. This visual journey immerses us in the physical and transcendent elements of life through cycles of chaos, calm, celebration, and rebirth.
The Enigma Room leverages the computational image to a new level of experimentation. Together with Michael Curry, Brenda Bingham, and Rachel Dennis, Kashi seeks to push the evolution of photography by deploying technology as a tool on par with the camera. The installation’s abstract connections link images across time, place, and context. The result is a dreamlike reverie that exposes the enigma of life.
“When you think of what climate change looks like, perhaps you think of giant icebergs melting in the Arctic. But it’s so much more than that.” This piece from CNN features photos and words from photographers around the world, including VII’s Nichole Sobecki and Ed Kashi, that show us how the planet is changing.